Setting the Stage: Designing Effective Professional Development in Improvisational Drama Techniques for Foreign Language Teachers.

Kristina Goodnight, Catherine van Beuningen, Rick de Graaff

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Abstract

Researchers worldwide have identified affective benefits of improvisational drama techniques (IDTs) on foreign language (FL) learners. Yet the characteristics of professional development programmes (PDPs) that could lead to long-term integration of drama among FL teachers appear largely undiscovered. Through expert interviews, a needs analysis questionnaire and a literature review, this study aimed to determine which design principles a PDP must fulfil to effectively address educational challenges surrounding IDT-implementation. The findings revealed that such training calls for a symbiosis between practical considerations, namely school environment and training conditions, and tapping into a mindset among FL teachers that allows them to (re)discover core beliefs and carry out IDTs with ‘artistry’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)613–634
JournalResearch in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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